Global trends initiated in the 20th Century are continuing unabated into the 21st Century and are transforming human society: the information explosion fueled by science and technology; the unrelenting population explosion; limited and un-replenished natural resources; global warming and pollution; unstable financial markets and the evolving global economy; rising cultural expectations; and democratic revolutions. Identities, life styles, work patterns, consumer trends, organization, institutions, and nation-states can all be expected to change and adapt to the realities of the 21st Century. The social sciences will be no exception as indicated by the following: 1) global and market pressures will push the social sciences to be more pragmatic and applied; 2) pragmatism will necessitate shifting from a classical model of science to a probabilistic model of science; 3) the complexity of problems facing the social sciences will require collaborative problem-solving by interdisciplinary teams of social, biological, and physical scientists; and 4) a new ethics for the social sciences will be necessary to ensure that powerful interdisciplinary models are not abused or misapplied. The realities of the 21st Century will compel a new paradigm for the social sciences and mirror the evolving “Information Age Zeitgeist” of the 21st Century.
|Keywords:||Social Sciences, Paradigm Shift, Twenty First Century|
Licensed Psychologist, Director, El Camino Psychology Services, PC, Temecula, CA, USA
Graduate Student, California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University, Temecula, CA, USA
Collaborator, Carlsbad, California, USA